Esher, Surrey – 11 December 2023 – Claremont Fan Court School celebrated a momentous occasion today with a celebration tea to mark the first year of its Claremont 100 fundraising campaign. The campaign has so far raised an impressive £60,000 for five local charities: Rentstart, East Elmbridge Foodbank, The Grace Dear Trust, Momentum and Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Each charity received just over £12,000 in their initial donations. The money raised will be used to support the vital work of each charity to help those in need in our local community.

Claremont 100 is a school-wide fundraising initiative that was launched in September 2022 to mark the school’s 100th birthday with the aim of raising awareness of the important work of local charities, encouraging pupils to get involved in their local communities and to raise £100,000.

The five charities being supported by Claremont 100 were selected by pupils at the school. The pupils were given the opportunity to research the charities and vote for the ones that they felt most passionate about supporting.

At the celebration tea, William Brierly, headmaster, thanked the sponsors (Knight Frank, BSPS, Langley’s restaurant and 4 Print), the Friends of Claremont, pupils and members of staff for their hard work and efforts in raising such a substantial amount of money and presented each charity with a cheque for £12,066.92.  Theo from Year 1 collected the cheque on behalf of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as a reward for his individual effort of raising over £465, running a fitness event for his fellow pupils.

Mr Brierly commented “We are absolutely delighted to have raised over £60,000 in our first year of the Claremont 100 fundraising campaign. This is a fantastic achievement and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us. We are proud to be able to work with such important charities and we look forward to continuing to raise money for them in the years to come.”

“For our pupils the Claremont 100 campaign has raised awareness of the invaluable work each of these charities do and taught them about the importance of community and the act of giving back.”

The Claremont 100 fundraising scheme will continue this year with more fundraising opportunities including a fun run, sports themed Gala Day and family activity days.